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Money Pit builds a burger cheap

In-N-Out it’s not

Drive-thru burger joints hold a distinct place in Southern California lore, but this being the 21st Century, the only burger I’m willing to eat in my car anymore starts and ends with the word “double.” ...

La guerra de la cerveza empezó

Council in Mexicali suggests moratorium on craft-beer permits

The Mexicali craft-beer industry is in hot water after a Tuesday, June 30, meeting of the Consejo de Alcoholes de Mexicali: the regional alcohol council's members expressed opposition to issuing new permits to artisanal brewers. ...

Fresh fish for the Fourth

July 2 dock totals The Dolphin 1/2 day am run with 76 anglers aboard reported 1 lingcod and 170 rockfish caught. 62 anglers aboard their 1/2 day pm run put 1 sheephead, 206 rockfish and ...

In fact, there's not a doctor in the house

Kaiser psychiatrist claims constructive termination

Laura Wakil, M.D., a psychiatrist, has sued Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and related Kaiser organizations for violation of the state health and safety code, retaliation, negligent supervision, and wrongful constructive termination. (Constructive termination is a ...

Vet-clinic signage considered rude to some, funny to others

Just add funk

For the past several weeks, Coast Highway 101’s Coastal Animal Hospital, has created a brouhaha over its comedic signage. Currently, Dr. Brian Evans’s 4´ x 8´ highway frontage sign reads, “In Leucadia, stinky hippies are ...

California's farm economy "ruined"

Unemployment rates in El Centro and Yuma — over 20% — blamed on drought

June unemployment rates for the nation came out today (July 2), showing there are only two metropolitan areas out of 387 with unemployment rates of more than 20 percent. Both are agricultural areas within San ...

Sloppy cops and robbers

After caught casing a bank, thieves continued with spree

According to documents filed in federal court, two men, Thomas Ferguson of La Mesa and Duane Bowen of Chula Vista, are responsible for a spate of bank robberies in San Diego and Riverside counties. Also, ...

Summer of nothing

Beethoven sits us down by the stream and does... nothing

Our recent little thunderstorm reminded me of what is probably the best piece of summer music: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6. There are fives sections of the symphony, one of which is a thunderstorm which passes ...

Faulconer’s planning director is a nobody

Long-lingering vacancy in key city role looms over Chargers stadium deal

It's been almost a year since the departure of city planning director Bill Fulton was announced by San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer Fulton's two-sentence August 1, 2014, resignation letter to Faulconer, obtained from the city ...

SDG&E about to go Robin Hood

Utility to squeeze more money out of 75% of their customers

A proposed decision issued Wednesday (July 1) from the California Public Utilities Commission won't do much to quiet critics who argue that changes to San Diego Gas & Electric rate schedules will hurt low-income consumers ...

Tattletale rattles I.B. RV owners

Residents receive warning letters about off-street parking

Imperial Beach city officials are trying to deal with residents’ anger and frustration after they received letters that warned them about unauthorized driveway parking of recreational vehicles. Unlike the City of San Diego, which doesn’t ...

Distant connections

Theater about letters about books makes for a slow, repetitive 84 Charing Cross Road at Lamplighters Community

Lamplighters Community Theatre’s 78th season opens with a drama, based on Helene Hanff’s autobiography, which has been adapted several times for the screen, television, and radio. What makes the material challenging to produce is that ...

Torrey pine down

Sadness among botanic garden staff over loss of historic tree

On Tuesday, June 30, the last of a 100-foot-tall Torrey pine was cut down at the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas. It took six workers 35 hours to remove the tree, one of four ...

Maybe they come for the low hotel taxes?

Occupancy growth tops other major state metro areas

The San Diego hotel business had a booming May compared with a year ago, according to Smith Travel Research. The occupancy rate in May rose 1.9 percent to 76.3 percent — topping growth of San ...

Here come the dodos!

The mahi-mahi, also known as the dolphin fish on the East Coast, and the dorado in Latin America, is a highly-prized gamefish. Its brilliant display of color and frantic leaping fight will raise the excitement ...

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